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Flitcroft enjoys stroke of luck

David Flitcroft admits Bury were fortunate to win 2-1 at home to Bristol Rovers and move to the brink of League Two survival.

Hallam Hope gave Bury a dream start by firing in a third-minute opener, only for Rovers to equalise on the stroke of half-time as Ollie Clarke's shot deflected in off team-mate Kaid Mohamed.

But with his very first touch, substitute Tom Soares headed home in the 80th minute to send the Shakers into the top half, 10 points clear of the bottom two with six games left.

"We maybe didn't deserve to win, they'll consider themselves unfortunate," said Flitcroft. "But during my time here I believe we deserve to be 12th.

"The first 35 minutes I was pleased with how we went about our business. We pressed them well and created some good chances.

"But they dominated the last 10 minutes before half-time and for 20 minutes in the second half we couldn't get near them. We swapped things around and got the last 20 minutes right.

"We stood firm at the start of the second half and that's what won us the game because it allowed us to go on and get the winner.

"That's as good a team as we've played here. They played with purpose and mixed things up but we coped with it.

"To get the victory is incredibly pleasing because the work we've had to put in to keep this team in this league has been relentless."